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Plotinus on Intellect$
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Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281701.001.0001

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Intellect and Being

Intellect and Being

(p.124) 3 Intellect and Being
Plotinus on Intellect

Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The main focus in this chapter is the relationship between Plotinus' ontology and his epistemology. It is argued that at the level of Intellect being and knowledge coincide, that to be is to be known or thought. It is further argued that this is a necessary consequence of a principle in Plotinus' philosophy claiming that to know something as it is in itself is to know that thing from its internal activity, and that this kind of knowledge is impossible unless the activity of the knower coincides with the activity constituting the being known.

Keywords:   Scepticism, (the) Given, Idealism, Cognition, Sense‐perception, Knowledge, Reality, Representations

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